Emiliano Cortés

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Degradation of thiolate self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) in ambient conditions and liquid environments seriously limits the fabrication of thiol-based devices. Here, we demonstrate that nanostructured gold exhibits higher resistance to SAM degradation and increased electrochemical stability against thiolate desorption in relation to polycrystalline(More)
Single-molecule (SM) electrochemistry studied by surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) with high spectral resolution reveals a picture in which the frequency of Raman modes is correlated with the electrochemical process through the interaction with the surface. Previously unexplored phenomena can be revealed by the synergy of electrochemistry and(More)
Over the last three decades, self-assembled molecular films on solid surfaces have attracted widespread interest as an intellectual and technological challenge to chemists, physicists, materials scientists, and biologists. A variety of technological applications of nanotechnology rely on the possibility of controlling topological, chemical, and functional(More)
Coherent control of chemical species in complex systems is always subject to intrinsic inhomogeneities from the environment. For example, slight chemical modifications can decisively affect transport properties of molecules on surfaces. Hence, single-molecule (SM) studies are the best solution to avoid these problems and to study diverse phenomena in(More)
Nanoplasmonics has recently revolutionized our ability to control light on the nanoscale. Using metallic nanostructures with tailored shapes, it is possible to efficiently focus light into nanoscale field 'hot spots'. High field enhancement factors have been achieved in such optical nanoantennas, enabling transformative science in the areas of single(More)
We introduce a plasmonic-semiconductor hybrid nanosystem, consisting of a ZnO nanowire coupled to a gold pentamer oligomer by crossing the hot-spot. It is demonstrated that the hybrid system exhibits a second harmonic (SH) conversion efficiency of ∼3 × 10(-5)%, which is among the highest values for a nanoscale object at optical frequencies reported so far.(More)
The engineering of cavity void metallic arrays allows to vary the plasmon-polariton mode energies from the near infrared to the ultraviolet through the tuning of the void height and diameter, and the selection of the appropriate material. Typically Au nanocavity substrates can be grown with better reproducibility, homogeneity, and stability, while Ag(More)
We present experimental and computational results that enlighten the mechanisms underlying the chemical contribution to surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Gold void metallic arrays electrochemically covered either by a Ag monolayer or 10-100 Ag layers were modified with a self-assembled monolayer of 4-mercaptopyridine as a molecular Raman probe(More)
Optical printing has been proved a versatile and simple method to fabricate arbitrary arrays of colloidal nanoparticles (NPs) on substrates. Here, we show that is also a powerful tool for studying chemical reactions at the single NP level. We demonstrate that 60 nm gold NPs immobilized by optical printing can be used as seeds to obtain larger NPs by(More)
Ultrashort laser pulses impinging on a plasmonic nanostructure trigger a highly dynamic scenario in the interplay of electronic relaxation with lattice vibrations, which can be experimentally probed via the generation of coherent phonons. In this Letter, we present studies of hypersound generation in the range of a few to tens of gigahertz on single gold(More)